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January 28, 2015
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New 25% more efficient Philips LED module

January 25, 2015

Royal Philips, the global leader in lighting, is introducing a new GreenPower LED production module for multilayer applications. The new solution is especially advantageous in vertical city farms as well as for the propagation of young plants.  It offers more control, improved and uniform crop quality and energy savings of up to 75%. The energy-efficient LEDs also give off less heat and create a more uniform light distribution, making the module ideal for conditioned environments.

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Costa Group may end in foreign hands if offered for sale

January 23, 2015

Australia’s largest private fruit and vegetable company, Costa’s, could be snapped up by an overseas buyer if offered for sale. The Costa group has indicted it will either list the company on the stock exchange or sell it directly in a trade deal. Read more at

AUSVEG and APAL unite for National Convention double header

January 23, 2015

Two of the heaviest hitters in Australian horticulture are set to unite, with confirmation that AUSVEG and Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL) will host a joint National Horticulture Convention on the Gold Coast in 2015. Read More »

Frank Costa plans to sell family’s fruit and vegetable business

January 22, 2015

Australia’s largest horticultural producer, the Costa Group, is up for sale. Costa Group chairman Frank Costa said the company, which his parents took over in Geelong in 1938, was looking for a trade sale or an initial public offering within the next 18 months. Read more at

Tomato Inspiration Event draws the world’s top tomato growers

January 20, 2015

More than 200 horticultural representatives will attend the second Tomato Inspiration Event on February 5th in Berlin. Amongst them the top 100 tomato growers in the world. One of them will win the ‘Tomato Inspiration Award 2015’ and will succeed the Canadian Windset Farms as the best tomato grower in the world. Over 200 people have now signed up for the event, including growers, speakers, sponsors and the media. Read More »

Further dumping investigations into Italian tomatoes

January 20, 2015

AUSVEG has welcomed the announcement that Australia’s Anti-Dumping Commission will investigate the alleged dumping of canned tomatoes into Australia by two Italian exporters. Read More »